|Pre-Enlistment (1941 - 1942)
After his stint in the Civilian Conservation
Corps in New Mexico in 1940Dad returned home to Braddock, PA
where he continued to hang out with his "Mob" friends and again worked
at a local gasoline station (See picture on the right).
When he wasn't working Dad and his friends usually hung out at the
local corner store, played "touch-tackle" football, played softball,
drank Pepsi or just thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of being together.
"Pepsi Still Hits the Spot Up Here" was taken outside the store. Pictured
(L to R) are Eddie Havrilla, Edward Danko, Bob Pigman, Paul Pagorzelski*,
Eddie "Nosy" Kraly, and Chester Borowski. This photo probably was
taken around September 1942 while Dad was at Cooks and Bakers School
in New Orleans, LA.
||Above: The group that Dad called
the "Mob". Pictured L to R in the front row are Regis Giba, Paul
"Pogs" Pagorzelski*, and Billy Meetro. Standing L to R are Eddie
Havrilla, Ed "Nosy" Kraly, Dad, George "Big Gofta" Tengreain and
Left: Eddie "Nosy" Kraly and George "Big Gofta" Tengreain and
* Bob Pigman, in conversations in June and July 2002 indicated
that Elmer Giba and Paul Pagorzelski were killed in Europe during
the war. Elmer was killed by a sniper in Southern France and Paul
was killed in an automobile accident in Frankfurt, Germany while
waiting to come home after the war in Europe ended.